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Tonight’s Concert Picks: Jonathan Richman at Union Transfer, Tinmouth at Johnny Brenda’s, Coal Town Rounders at Bourbon and Branch

Jonathan richman | photo courtesy of the artist
Jonathan richman | photo courtesy of the artist

Rock and roll roadrunner Jonathan Richman has released heaps of material throughout his musical career, and he plays at Union Transfer tonight to support his new record, Ishkode! Ishkode! Richman is the Modern Lovers, and his gig at UT will surely mix old classics along with new material. Read our interview with Richman here; for tickets and more information, check out the XPN Concert Calendar. Continue reading →

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Tonight’s Concert Picks: Cherry at Kung Fu Necktie, Laura Gibson at Johnny Brenda’s, Josh Nussbaum at Bourbon and Branch

Cherry | Photo by Breanna Keohane for WXPN
Cherry | Photo by Breanna Keohane for WXPN

Russell Edling’s Cherry released their debut EP, Gloom, with Lame-O back in February, and they will be holding the record release show at Kung Fu Necktie tonight with Sun Organ, Lowercase Roses, and Cave People. The band stopped by The Key studio to perform a session last week which you can listen to below. For tickets to their gig at KFN, check out the XPN Concert Calender. Continue reading →

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Tonight’s Concert Picks: Slingshot Dakota at Everybody Hits, Aphra at Bourbon and Branch, The Smith Street Band at Boot and Saddle, and more…

Slingshot Dakota | Photo by Hope Helmuth for WXPN | hopehelmuth.com
Slingshot Dakota | Photo by Hope Helmuth for WXPN | hopehelmuth.com

Bethlehem indie-punk duo Slingshot Dakota released their new album Break earlier this month via Topshelf Records, and they will be throwing their Philly record release at Everybody Hits tonight. The bill will also include Petal, Hurry, and Mercury Girls. We also premiered the band’s Key Studio Session on Thursday. Tickets and more information can be found via the XPN Concert Calender. Continue reading →

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Meet starry-eyed singer-songwriter Josh Nussbaum, see him at Bourbon and Branch on Sunday

Josh Nussbaum | photo courtesy of the artist
Josh Nussbaum | photo courtesy of the artist

On Josh Nussbaum‘s bandcamp, his music is tagged as “space twang.” Take that as you will, but his minimalist take on folk music and psychedelia is both fresh and modern. He released his first EP, titled What Already Is, back in January, and he’ll be playing this Sunday at Bourbon and Branch.

What Already Is contains five expansive and introspective songs ranging from instrumental guitar finger-picking to spoken word poetry to Americana. Continue reading →

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Give Me TV, Give Me Something: The melancholic intensity of Aphra’s Rebecca Way

Aphra
Aphra | photo by Megan Matuzak | courtesy of the artist

It’s 10 p.m. and Rebecca Way is crouched in fetal position in the middle of a frigid, musky Philadelphia warehouse. The spacious room is filled with an eclectic assortment of objects befitting a garage sale – an antique dinner table, a dusty sofa, a potted cactus, a stack of books, an old Epson scanner. The building releases a deep rumble every few minutes as the nearby Market-Frankford El passes by. Suddenly, Way, clad in an all-black outfit that matches the color of her hair, pops up and begins to nimbly roll her way around the cold concrete floor. She’s in the middle of rehearsing her music video for “Geranimo,” the first single from Sadness Is a Gesture – the debut EP from her one-woman project Aphra, set to be released this spring.

Way barks commands to her backup dancers, a group of three hip twenty-somethings: “Pump! Pump! Frankenstein! Frankenstein! Body roll!” But in between run-throughs she also casually ruminates on twerking with one of the dancers, asking, “Don’t you have to be able to like, vibrate?” They share a laugh, and the rehearsal continues.
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PREMIERE: Watch the new video for “Geranimo” from Aphra

Rebecca Way of Aphra | Photo by Megan Matuzak
Rebecca Way of Aphra | Photo by Megan Matuzak

The new music video for “Geranimo,” released today by Aphra, is a like a prism. If you shine light on it at the right angle, it produces a rainbow. But if you’re at the wrong angle, you just have plain white light. Much in the same way, the video begins with a mutating spectrum of colors — yellow morphs to purple then to pink — as the eerie sound of a children’s music box comes to life. Suddenly, the color dissipates, the perfect angle lost.

Throughout the rest of the video — some of which is shot in black and white — color is in short supply. Even when the camera technically is shooting in “color,” there’s little to be seen in the backdrop that consists of a brick wall coated in white paint and tables covered with white cloth. Every once in a while, though, a touch of color darts in front of the camera, a brief moment of warmth in what feels like an otherwise desolate place. Continue reading →

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Tonight’s Concert Picks: Protomartyr at Underground Arts, BC Camplight at Ortlieb’s, Suburban Living at Bourbon and Branch, and more…

Protomartyr | photo by Zak Bratto | courtesy of the artist
Protomartyr | photo by Zak Bratto | courtesy of the artist

Post-punk band Protomartyr is at Underground Arts tonight with support from Priests and Taiwan Housing Project. The band, who is often compared to Wire and The Fall, is on tour to promote their most recent record, The Agent Intellect. More information here. Continue reading →

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Tonight’s Concert Picks: DRGN King at Bourbon and Branch, Weekender at Johnny Brenda’s, HighKick at Ardmore Music Hall and more

DRGN King | Photo by Cameron Pollack
DRGN King | Photo by Cameron Pollack for WXPN

Philly indie rock faves DRGN King are going on hiatus for 2016 as its various bandmates and collaborators head into a busy year with a variety of other projects. Tonight, they play their last show for a while at Bourbon and Branch tonight with Mumblr and Mostly Only, and we’re expecting a full assortment of jams from 2014’s awesome Baltimore Crush and 2013’s equally awesome Paragraph Nights. Tickets and more information on the show can be found at the XPN Concert Calendar; listen to “Hazy Memories” below. Continue reading →